Do you remember my Make A Bag series?
I'm thinking of this as the sequel.
Where Make A Bag was kindergarten, and Zip A Bag is middle school, and elementary school was you designing your own bag patterns for the first time.
And high school is when you are employed by Coach or somecompany that designs with serious leather and has all the fantastic industrial machines that do perfect topstitching.
And nobody is really ever at Bag College or Bag Grad School because those lessons haven't been invented yet; we're still pushing the boundaries of Bagdom.
Anyway, come join us! Everyone is welcome.
I'll be starting with the very basics of zipperhood, so that everyone - from the uninitiated-and-tremulous to the experienced-and-apathetic - is at the starting line at the same time. But only in the context of bagmaking. So no invisible zippers and other garment-closure stuff, okay?
Next, we'll move on to zipper manipulation (translation: "taking the pliers and side cutters to zippers"), which includes preparing zippers for installation in common and fancy ways, as well as the installation itself.
Then - and this is the crux of the series - we're going to be making some really fun bags, pouches and organizers,
in which zippers do acrobatics,
and other fun things beyond just opening and closing.
The print fabric in these bags are Jessica Jones' Time Warp collection in barkcloth. Cloud9 generously sent me these prints last year to work with, and have been beyond patient with how long it's taken to get this series off the ground (I hope the wait has been worth it!).
So long, in fact, that Time Warp is practically sold out in most stores.
Check out Jessica's new barkcloth line In Theory by Cloud9, coming early 2016, which is every bit as gorgeous!
Are you coveting? I'm totally coveting.
But back to Zip A Bag. Here's a rough rundown (not finalized - I'll tweak the titles and sequence and add links as we go along):
Chapter 1: The Beginning - Terminology and Preparation
Chapter 2: Unfaced zippers - flat pouch
Chapter 3: Faced front zippers - flat pouch I
Chapter 4: Faced side zippers - flat pouch II
Chapter 5: Faced front zippers - darted pouch
Chapter 6: Faced zippers and pocket - boxed pouch
Chapter 7: Single-side zippers - tool case
Chapter 8: Recessed zippers: cross-body bag
Chapter 9: Zipper-as-gusset - compartment/cosmetic case
Chapter 10: Offset gusset zipper - Teardrop Purse
Chapter 11: Gusset Zipper - backpacks
Chapter 12: In-seam zippers - cylindrical pencil cases
Chapter 13: Changing the Shape - the Drum Bag
Chapter 14: Changing the Volume I - Expandable Tote
Chapter 15: Changing the Volume II - the Single-Edge Marker Pouch and Double-Edge Lunch Bag
Chapter 16: Changing the Volume III - the Pleated Backpack
Chapter 17: Zippered Straps I - the Diamond Backpack
Chapter 18: Zippered Straps II - the Volcano Bag
Hope you're as excited as I am. I've been so impatient to share this because nothing gets my sewing adrenaline flowing like bag-making. It's just so utterly different from toymaking and tailoring. The former is all glee and mania and "Ooh, let's add all kinds of fun lurid details so the kids can pretend-play!" The latter is all adult and anal and contouring and serious and proper.
Bag-making, by contrast, is like chocolate - sweet and smooth and full of endorphins.
See you soon!